Comment: Cold Shoulder Hot Air - In an interview with Politico, Rep. Lamar Smith, incoming Chairman of the Judiciary Committee laid out a non-extreme agenda on immigration, scheduling the first two committee hearings on E-Verify rather than on the 14th amendment. To the extent that the article is correct in that Mr. Smith is restraining Mr. King, incoming Chairman of the Immigration Subcommittee (within the Judiciary Committee), from pursuing a perilous course of action in discussing the 14th amendment, to that extent we commend Mr. Smith for his prudence. The article goes on to discuss a possible Republican revival of DREAM, coupled with mandatory E-Verify and possibly elimination of the Family-based 4th preference in the 112th Congress. We believe Republicans would certainly be wise to revive DREAM, even should it be on Republican terms. It would certainly put Mr. Obama in an untenable position since he is now following a strictly enforcement-first strategy. The Democratic administration's strategy is on the one hand to deport a record-breaking number of immigrants and doing absolutely nothing to give such immigration benefits as are completely and exclusively within the Executive Branch power (such as a TPS-like status for everyone), while on the other hand fobbing off immigrants and their advocates with empty words. We call this the "cold shoulder – hot air" strategy. Mr. Smith and his colleagues in the senior Republican leadership in the House are very smart politicians with a long history of successfully foisting their immigration positions onto Democrats – the White House may find them running circles around the Democrats. We understand that it is the President's intention to devote a good amount of attention in his State of the Union address to immigration. Mr. Obama would be much better advised to use his executive discretion to offer concrete immigration benefits to the DREAMers instead, he look no farther than the array of options that Cyrus Mehta and Gary Endelman lay out for him.
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FIRST Phone Session on December 30: Due Diligence & Care
Guidance in helping clients select an appropriate investment
With an onslaught of EB-5 Regional Center applications filed recently and the expected number of Centers expected to top 200 in the near future, how can immigration attorneys expect to counsel their client on which investment to select and what should they do to protect themselves in the event that the project fails to achieve the removal of the I-829 or fails to return the capital invested?
SECOND Phone Session on January 13: Securities law: Avoiding Litigation and Rescission
- The role of the immigration attorney and care for client
- Due Diligence lists, how relevant are they?
- What factors should be considered
- Scope of representation
- Liability, disclaimers and waivers
- The role of the immigration attorney as advisor, professional insurance
- The roles of other professionals to assist the investor client
With so many EB-5 Regional Centers marketing to a relatively few, the pressure is on to deliver investor clients and the tactics and techniques employed by some of the Center's, their agents and "finders", both in the U.S. and overseas may cause increased scrutiny by the Securities & Exchange Commission and attorneys who specialize on malpractice and litigation on behalf of their investor clients. How can EB-5 practitioners and Regional Centers who have offerings in the market stay safe and avoid potential litigation and rescission?
THIRD Phone Session on February 3: Valuation & Risk
- Reg. D & Reg. S offerings (definition of exemption)
- Solicitation and 502(c) rule
- Internet advertising: Lamp & IPO.net
- Seminars: overseas and domestic, rules and practices
- Compensation and fees: definition of Agents & Finders
- Marketing material v. operating documents
- Project failure and investor litigation
What factors improve the chance of success in an EB-5 investment, the roles of capital, debt and equity, cash flow and what other factors are critical to making an informed decision in assessing the strength and weakness of the offering.
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- Why proper valuation of risk is important
- Factors used in evaluating risk, research, due diligence
- The importance of capital
- The importance of the timeline in project completion
- Cash flow
- Equity v. Debt
- The role of management, competition & market
- The decision making process
- Comparisons of dis-similar projects
- Risk ratings and standards in risk valuations
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